Easter Week- Day 8

Day Eight Thumbnail        Happy Easter! We hope you spend time today to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior! 


Easter Sunday: “Jesus is alive!”

“He is not here, he is risen!”

“In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.” – Luke 24:5-8

Today remember this… Jesus lived the perfectly sinless life we could not live, died the wrath absorbing death we deserved to died, and rose from the grave to new life so that we might also have newness of life through Him. He has risen! Jesus really was who He said He was and He really did what He said He would do. This is the good news of Easter! Happy Easter!

Read: Luke 24
Easter Sunday Account: Matthew 28:1–20

Easter Week- Day 7

Day Seven Thumbnail        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


“Death to Sin”

Our sin demanded a penalty and Jesus paid that price, once and for all!

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:10

The death that Jesus died on Good Friday He died to sin…in two ways. First Jesus died to sin meeting the legal requirements of our sin. Our sin demanded a penalty and Jesus paid that price, once and for all! Secondly, Jesus died to sin breaking the power of sin! For those who have put their faith in Jesus, sin no longer has any power over them. In Jesus we are no longer slaves to sin! Our job is now to believe this to be true for us because of Jesus.

Read: Romans 6:1-14

Day Seven Account:  Matthew 27:62–66

Easter Week- Day 6

Day Six Thumbnail        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


Good Friday: “Right Time”

The good news of the gospel begins with the bad news… we were sinners in need of a Savior!

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6-8

At just the right time Jesus came to die. That “right time” was not a year, or a century, or a period of time, but was when we were powerless, it was while we were still sinners. That was the right time for Jesus to die. The Friday of Easter Week is called Good Friday. Here’s what is so good about that day. Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross we don’t have to clean ourselves up or get our life straight before we come to Jesus, we just come as we are trusting in His finished work of the cross!

Read:  John 19:30, Romans 4:25
Good Friday Account: Matthew 27:1–61

Easter Week- Day 5

Day Five Thumbnail Edit        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


Maundy Thursday:  “New Command”

Before the cross we knew the love of God, after the cross we know the full extent of God’s love!

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34, 35

      Thursday of Easter Week is known as Maundy Thursday, named for the “new command” that Jesus gave just before the cross. There was nothing new about a command to love others. Several times already Jesus had commanded us to love others, to love others as you love yourself, and even to love your enemies. But here in this “new command” Jesus fills out the extend of what it  means to truly love. To truly love another person is to love as He loved us. And how did Jesus love us… completely, sacrificially, and selflessly even to death! When we love others like this the world will see Jesus in us.

Read:  1 John 3:16, John 13:1
Day Five Account:  Matthew 26:17–75

Easter Week- Day 4

Day Four Thumbnail        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


       This week you might notice that we are using palm branches in our Easter branding. This is because the crowds laid down palm branches before the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday believing that “Hosanna in the Highest” had come. This week lay down our praises believing that Jesus is Hosanna- the One who saves! 

“Great Exchange” 

In God’s mercy we are called forgiven, through His grace we are called righteous!

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21

      To be shown mercy means that you messed up in some way and did not receive the consequence you deserved. To be shown grace, on the other hand, means that you mess up and instead of receiving the due consequence, you received undeserved kindness! Through faith in Jesus we receive the mercy of God. We are not given what we deserve, punishment for our sin. Even more we receive the grace of God through faith. Instead of receiving the punishment we deserve for our sin, we are given the very righteousness of God that we did not deserve and could never earn on our own! Not only did Jesus take on our sin and it’s consequence, but He gave us His own righteousness. This is the great exchange… our sin for His righteousness!

Read:  Isaiah 53:11, 1 Peter 3:18
Day Four Account:  Matthew 26:6–16

 

 

Easter Week- Day 3

Day Three Thumbnail        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


       This week you might notice that we are using palm branches in our Easter branding. This is because the crowds laid down palm branches before the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday believing that “Hosanna in the Highest” had come. This week lay down our praises believing that Jesus is Hosanna- the One who saves! 

“Righteous Display” 

The cross not only reveals the weight of our sin, but displays the greatness of our God!

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness…” – Romans 3:25

      When we look at the cross of Jesus we clearly see the seriousness of our sin. We see that our sin demanded a payment and that Jesus became that payment for us, He became the atonement. But through the cross we also see something else…we see the righteousness of our God! Through the cross God is seen as being utterly righteous – holy and just – while at the same time making right – holy and justified – those who receive his free gift of salvation. The cross should lead us to both repentance and praise!

Read:  Romans 3
Day Three Account:  Matthew 21:23–26:5

Easter Week- Day 2

Day Two Thumbnail        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


       This week you might notice that we are using palm branches in our Easter branding. This is because the crowds laid down palm branches before the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday believing that “Hosanna in the Highest” had come. This week lay down our praises believing that Jesus is Hosanna- the One who saves! 

“Ransom For All” 

Jesus didn’t seek a crown of gold to tell of His greatness, but a crown of thorns to tell of His love!

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

      Jesus had every right to live the life of royalty. He had every right to be served by others. He was in fact the very Son of God! He was the one of whom the Bible says “all things have been created through him and for him.” Jesus had every excuse to sit back and relax, yet Jesus refused to be served and instead He served others. And how would He serve? By doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. By dying on a cross to pay the price of our sin, to take God’s punishment of our sin on Himself. To be the ransom that paid the price for our freedom!

Read:  Romans 6:22-23, 8:1-4,  1 Timothy 2:5-6

Day Two Account:  Matthew 21:12-22

 

Easter Week- Day 1

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        We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior!  We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!


       This week you might notice that we are using palm branches in our Easter branding. This is because the crowds laid down palm branches before the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday believing that “Hosanna in the Highest” had come. This week lay down our praises believing that Jesus is Hosanna- the One who saves! 

Palm Sunday: “Lamb of God” 

Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday not as a conquering king, but as the sacrificial Lamb of God!

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” – John 1:29

Throughout the Old Testament lambs would be offered up as sacrifices for sin. These sacrifices would be made year after year to cover the sins of God’s people, and though these sacrifices covered the people’s sins it did not forgive their sins. Then Jesus enters the scene and John the Baptist announces Him as the “Lamb of God” – God’s perfect sacrifice. You see Jesus came to do what the Old Testament sacrificial system was powerless to do. Jesus came to lay down His life like a sacrificial lamb so that our sins-past, present, and future-would be forgiven once and for all! Which means as a Christian you don’t have to strive to earn forgiveness every time you mess up – but rather you turn and forevermore stand forgiven in Christ Jesus, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Read:  Hebrews 10:1-10
Palm Sunday Account:  Matthew 21:1-11

Hello?

“Hello?”- Isaiah Surles

To end our relationship series, we wanted to do something special. And with the topic of difficult relationships, how could we not lean on the gut-wrenching lyrics of Adele? Thank you to our friend Isaiah for helping kick-off the night with an impressive rendition of “Hello”!

Christmas Present From Overflow!

Sad Christmas is over? Well we are still in the giving spirit! Here are 3 free phone backgrounds you can save and use on your phone! We hope that this is a simple and daily encouragement for you.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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